Published on : Saturday, November 25, 2017
Group tourists from countries like Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam visiting Jeju Island will be permitted to stay overnight under a new policy and visit Seoul, Busan, and few other South Korean places for five days with no visa.
South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism or MCST provided detailed information to Manila Bulletin of the new policy in terms of visa targeted in helping the tourism sector bounce back following a major drop this year in the number of visitors and also in endorsing the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics scheduled in February and Paralympic Winter Games in March.
Hyeji Kim, deputy director of MCST’s International Tourism Policy Bureau, explained that the new measure “will allow and provide a chance for group tourists bound for Jeju Island from the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia to visit the Metropolitan area (including Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi Province) and other tourist destinations located near each transit point (airport) in Korea.”
“The group tourists will be given a visa-free entrance to the Republic of Korea for a maximum of 15 days on the premise that Jeju Island is included in the tour itinerary and 5 days (10 days for Yangyang Airport transfer tourists) will be spent on other optional domestic destinations,” she added.